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Reflections & Photos From KISS Expos Past (2002-2004)

And now a little rewind for you…

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NY/NJ KISS Expo

KISS seems to be getting more attention than ever thanks to their smoking new CD “Sonic Boom”, the “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” TV show and the always rousing concerts that they do for sold out audiences worldwide.  With this being the case, I felt that I should go back into my personal archives and add some fun never before seen images to the PiercingMetal Blog so the readers of our adventures can enjoy them in terms of some KISS related fun.  After all, they do no real good by being in a random folder on a hard drive only seen once in a blue moon by the occasional curious visitor to the Metal command center.

That being said, this little side story is not about KISS themselves but more about an event that was called the NY/NJ KISS Expo.  It was an annual affair that was put together by Richie Ranno (of the band Starz) and was the means for those who sold KISS memorabilia and those who collected it to mingle together along with musicians that had some part of their history connected with KISS or were just interested in being a part of the fun.  My friends had been going to this convention for years already but my first go round would be in 2002 but I could not find any photos outside of the scanned ticket below.

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KISS Expo 2002: Your Ticket To KISS Purchases

This event was in Hackensack, NJ and only $16 bucks to get in.  That was cool to know since you would end up spending hundreds more in terms of KISS things you might have had interest in.  If I manage to find any photos from that event I will edit the narrative to allow them to fit in.  So far there seems to be only one which you get below.
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“Suicide Shot” by Pretty Suicide

Artist: Pretty Suicide
Title: “Suicide Shot”
Label: Unsigned
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: Good

Pretty Suicide is a band who I met at a KISS Convention and that is truly on of the great perks of an event like this. You have the ability to walk about and potentially meet some wonderful and talented people. I had the pleasure of talking to Courtney who is the lead singer of this band and she sent me the CD for commentary on the site. The self-released CD “Suicide Shot” that they have is a nice assortment of tasty and well laid out Rock & Roll. There is a dose of catchy numbers that I found myself singing along with after a couple of quick listens. Opening track “Should Have Said Goodbye” is perhaps the best and my personal favorite across the recording. I found Court possessing a very Pat Benetar like quality in her voice during this one in particular. “User Abuser” and “Do You Want It” are also on the memorable side. Band members Larry (guitar) and Armand (drums) do great on the piece and certainly prove that Courtney is not treating them as the backup band to her front person role. You too often find the case where the players are forgotten and the singer the main focus. Her look is of course very pretty but she plays it down and instead focuses on the task at hand which is Rocking and Rolling to the best of her ability.
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